Black Toenails: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment - Dr Foot Podiatry

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Black Toenails

"Subungual Hematoma" or blackened toenails is the brown-black discoloration visible in your toe. It usually consists of blood and fluid trapped underneath your toenail. This is usually painful.

How did this happen?

  • Traumatic injury to the nail

What should I do?

  • Pain killers can help provide temporary pain relief
  • Seek help from a podiatrist

What kind of help can I get?

  • A podiatrist can assist in relieving the pressure and treating the wound
  • A podiatrist can advise on after treatment care

How long till it recovers?

  • If you are suffering from pain, once the pressure is released, there will be immediate relief
  • About 2-3 months for a fingernail to fully heal
  • About 9 months for a toenail to fully heal 

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